Design an Innovation Center
An Innovation Center is a cross-functional plan that creates a safe haven for new ideas. With opportunities for individual and group collaboration across time zones and continents, it’s a place that fosters a culture of innovation through the creation, sharing, and testing of idea.
Key Elements: Innovation Center
Safe Haven for New Ideas
In a protected ‘incubator’ environment, teams are free to test and develop fragile ideas, accelerating iteration and innovation.
Culture of Innovation + Collaboration
Space that encourages curiosity, experimentation and collaboration. It inspires new thinking and communicates key aspects of brand and culture.
Co-located and distributed teams have distinct needs. Thoughtful integration of teams across distances requires planning, insight and commitment to minimize disparities.
Key Zones: Innovation Center
This space is designed for deep collaboration, supporting the cycle between individual and collaborative modes throughout the duration of a project. Settings are planned purposefully to accommodate project needs over time, while promoting connection across the table or across the globe.
This workspace invites to individuals, such as mobile workers, who are transitioning throughout the day between projects and tasks. Located close to the concierge, and with easy access to work tools that help workers manage their day, the workspace gives individuals everything they need to be productive.
This inviting space promotes both intentional and chance encounters with coworkers. It supports social behaviors around connecting with others to help foster a community of innovation.
The Resident Zone is a workspace designed to grow expertise and community within their discipline, the resident neighborhood supports workers who are tethered to technology and have assigned workspaces.
A Resource Center is the host for the innovation space supports the tools, culture and processes that are necessary for innovation. This space houses the work tools and shared materials that support the residents of the innovation center.
Planning Ideas + Photo Gallery
Explore the Research
Driving Culture Change at Steelcase’s HQ
The company’s leadership decided on a bold plan: reinvent their global headquarters campus in Grand Rapids, MI, leverage the workplace to drive a more mobile, agile and innovative company culture, and use this transformation as a platform for testing new ways of leveraging space to add value to an organization.
The New I.Q.
Space matters. It shapes the behavior of people and creates the ‘stage’ on which innovation can be propelled. We needed a physical destination that would foster the behaviors of an innovation culture.
How Workspace Design Fosters Innovation
Nearly everyone agrees that innovation is the way to supercharge an organization to growth. The right places can help make it happen.